Dennis Vitolo

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Dennis Vitolo
Nationality American
Born (1956-12-18) December 18, 1956 (age 57)
Massapequa, New York
Retired 1999
CART World Series
Years active 1988-1989, 1991-1999
Teams Bettenhausen Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
Walker Racing
Dick Simon Racing
Pagan Racing
Project Indy
Payton/Coyne Racing
Starts 36
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 25th in 1997
Previous series
1997 Indy Racing League

Dennis Vitolo (born December 18, 1956, Massapequa, New York), is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series. He raced in the 1988 and 1991-1999 seasons with 36 career starts, including the 1994 Indianapolis 500. He was involved in a notorious pit-lane crash in that race, taking out reigning CART champion Nigel Mansell.[1] He also raced in the 1997 Indianapolis 500, which by then had become part of the Indy Racing League. His best career CART finish was 7th, in the U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway. He was noted for being much more of a businessman than race car driver, always able to find sponsorship despite his lackluster race results.

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1988 Bettenhausen Racing United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MEA
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NZR
United States
LS
United States
MIA
11
33rd 2
1989 Bettenhausen Racing United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
DNQ
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
POC
United States
MDO
DNQ
United States
ROA
United States
NZR
United States
LS
NC -
1991 Dale Coyne Racing Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
MEA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
DEN
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
LS
37th 0
1992 Dale Coyne Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
Ret
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
MIL
United States
NHM
14
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
CLE
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
LS
17
42nd 0
Walker Motorsport United States
MDO
DNS
1993 Dale Coyne Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
DNQ
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
NHM
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
MDO
United States
NZR
United States
LS
NC -
1994 Dick Simon Racing Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
INDY
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
ROA
United States
NZR
United States
LS
53rd 0
1995 Pagan Racing United States
MIA
Ret
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
NHM
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
41st 0
1996 Project Indy United States
MIA
Brazil
RIO
Australia
SRF
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
United States
500
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
38th 0
1997 Project Indy United States
MIA
Ret
Australia
SRF
United States
LBH
Wth
United States
NZR
DNQ
Brazil
RIO
United States
GAT
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
CLE
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
20
25th 6
Payton/Coyne Racing Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
7
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
United States
FON
16
1998 Payton/Coyne Racing United States
MIA
Ret
Japan
MOT
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
Ret
Brazil
RIO
United States
GAT
Ret
United States
MIL
DNQ
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
18
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
Ret
United States
MDO
United States
ROA
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
Ret
United States
HOU
Ret
Australia
SRF
DNS
United States
FON
Ret
33rd 0
1999 Payton/Coyne Racing United States
MIA
16
Japan
MOT
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
Wth
Brazil
RIO
United States
GAT
Ret
United States
MIL
22
United States
POR
United States
CLE
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
11
United States
DET
United States
MDO
United States
CHI
15
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
United States
HOU
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
15
30th 2

Indy Racing League[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1996-1997 Beck Motorsports United States
NHM
United States
LVS
United States
WDW
United States
PHX
United States
INDY
15
United States
TXS
United States
PPIR
United States
CHR
United States
NH2
United States
LV2
45th 20

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1994 Lola T93/00 Ford XB 15 26 Dick Simon Racing
1997 Dallara Infiniti 28 15 Beck Motorsports

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Biography of Dennis Vitolo